Place Names

Posted on Thursday, 26 April, 2012 by [email protected]

Brymedura
Aboriginal in origin, meaning ‘a malle e hen’s nest’.  Brymedura run was selected by a son of W.C. Wentworth in 1840.

Flash Jack
Named after a shepherd called Jack who wore “flash” clothes.  He grazed his flock up the Flash Jack valley by day, returning them at night to bush yards located on the rise where the Anglican Church now stands.  May also refer to the tendency of the creek to flash flood.

Gregra
Aboriginal in origin, gregre means ‘lagoon’.

Gumble
Previously known as Cumble Cumble, the name resembling the call of the wild turkey, which was abundant in the area.

Mandagery
Aboriginal in origin, moon’-dah’-gee’-ri means ‘waterholes’ or ‘chain of water holes’ or ‘big crooked creek with nasty tasting water’.

Manildra
Place by water or near creek.  Perhaps derived from the Aboriginal word millidurra, meaning ‘junction of the creeks’, or ‘snake-hole’, a name given to a waterhole below the railway bridge.

Meranburn
Aboriginal in origin, Meran means ‘red bank’, or ‘red dirt’.  Meranburn was selected by Hector Angus snr in about 1870.  Being a Scotsman, he referred to the creek as “the Burn”.

Toogong
Aboriginal in origin, meaning ‘dried up lake’.
Bibliography:
Molong Historical Society (Inc.) 1998-2004, Some property names in the Molong district, viewed 1 March 2012.
http://www.users.on.net/~quincejam/mhsres.html#prop

Riach, Colin 1981, Let’s share a yarn or two: reminiscences of the Manildra/Gregra area, Robyn Livermore, Manildra N.S.W.

Stapleton, Hazel 1982, Manildra on Mandagery: town and district, Hazel Stapleton, Cudal N.S.W.